Looking for a pretty way to dress up drinks while entertaining, or a simple flavoring for ice water? Skip the paper umbrellas and maraschino cherries stabbed with little colored plastic swords. Instead, rethink the ice cube by using some of my ideas below.
Herb-and fruit-infused ice cubes are any easy way to not only spruce up drinks but also can provide some great flavor. Making them is also a great way to use up some uneaten items before they go bad. You can use anything from berries to chopped basil leaves. In addition, freezing edible flowers in ice cubes makes for a gorgeous addition to summer drinks.
Here is a rule of thumb to follow when freezing fruits in ice trays:
Fill the tray one-third full with water and then partially freeze. Add the fruit then freeze solid. This will hold the fruit in position. Next, add water until the tray is about three-fourths full and finish freezing
In addition to simply freezing fruits and herbs in water, you can also flavor the cubes with juices, coffee, or your favorite chocolate! Try freezing some of our FRESH squeezed juices and adding the cubes to drinks. Here are some ideas below:
- Add raspberry or strawberry ice cubes to lemonade
- Add peach or mango ice cubes to iced tea
- Add chocolate ice cubes to milk or iced coffee (see my recipe below)
- Add lemon or lime juice ice cubes to cocktails like margaritas
- Add mint ice cubes to mojitos
Chocolate Ice Cubes
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup water
1 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp sugar
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Combine milk, water, cocoa powder and sugar in a sauce pan and simmer over medium heat until well combined.
Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips until fully melted.
Pour into ice cube tray and freeze.